The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the second-straight season and for the fourth time in school history with a 1-0 win at No. 2 Trinity University (Texas) Nov. 20 in San Antonio.
The Bears take on No. 23 Brandeis University (17-2-3) in the second semifinal Friday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m (CT) at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Va. No. 6 Messiah College (21-2) and No. 11 University of Chicago (18-3-1) take the field in the first semifinal Friday at 4 p.m. (CT). The winners meet Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (CT) in the National Championship.
Junior Mariana Alisio (Ladue) is the only area player on the roster. The junior wears #10 and plays in an attacking midfielder or forward role, scoring two goals while providing 8 assists this season while playing in every game, starting two. Her 12 points tied for third on the team while providing the most assists.
WashU is making its 11th-consecutive and 16th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have a 31-13-8 record in NCAA Tournament play, with national runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2015. WashU earned the UAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over then No. 8 Chicago Nov. 5 in St. Louis.
WashU had five student-athletes earn NSCAA All-Central Region honors. Senior forward Katie Chandler, senior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist and sophomore midfielder Maggie Crist earned first-team honors, while senior backs Megan Nicklay and Hannah Rosenberg picked up second-team honors. READ MORE at WashUBears.com